A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church

A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church
A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church
A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church
A Brief History of the Irish Orthodox Church

On this (Julian Calender) St. Patrick’s day, historical for its first official ecclesiastical commemoration by churches of the Moscow Patriachate, with the poetic “ode to Celtic saints” by Monk Nicodemos. 

1. How Did Orthodoxy Reach Ireland?

How did Orthodox Christianity come to this small green island off the shores of the European continent in the uttermost West? Unknown to many, Christianity in Ireland does have an Apostolic foundation, through the Apostles James and John, although the Apostles themselves never actually visited there.

Archpriest Andrei Tkachev: Climacus

“Oh, if only I could / At least to some degree, / Write eight lines I would / About passion’s properties. / About the / transgressions and the sins, / The running and the chasing, / The hasty inadvertences, / The elbows, my palms”1—thus wrote Pasternak, aware that a precise, accurate word on the passions is difficult to give, and there can be few such words.

Precise words on the passions slip out of your hands, like a wet and lively fish, and the passions themselves are interwoven together, knit together one with another, forming a repugnant unity. Obviously the word “passions” in the this case is used as a synonym for “disease of the soul,” and not as romantic longing or a noble fire in the blood.

Holy Trinity hosts Pan-Orthodox Vespers and Seminar

Holy Trinity hosts Pan-Orthodox Vespers and Seminar
Holy Trinity hosts Pan-Orthodox Vespers and Seminar
Holy Trinity hosts Pan-Orthodox Vespers and Seminar
Holy Trinity hosts Pan-Orthodox Vespers and Seminar

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on Sunday, March 26, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church on Racoon Rd hosted a Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers, bringing together clergy from the Serbian Eastern Diocese Cleveland Deanery and members of the Youngstown Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood. 

In front of a completely full congregation, the clergy prayerful moved from the light-colored vestments donned for Sunday’s resurrectional service and back into the royal-purple reserved for solemn Lenten prayers.  Following the dismissal, all in attendance gathered for a wonderful meal in the parish hall.

Greater Philadelphia Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers

Greater Philadelphia Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers
Greater Philadelphia Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers
Greater Philadelphia Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers
Greater Philadelphia Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers

The Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia and faithful gathered together at St. Mark Orthodox Church (OCA), for Lenten Vespers on the Sunday of St. John Climacus.

Celebrating clergy were: Fr. Stephen Hut nick (Sts. Peter and Paul Ukranian Orthodox Church, president of the Clergy Brotherhood), Fr. Martin Browne (St. Mark Orthodox Church), Fr. Gerald Polanski (St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church), Fr. Hal Dudash (ret., attached to Sts. Peter and Paul Albanian Orthodox Church), Fr. Victor Gorodenchyk (St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral), Fr. Nicholas Dellerman (Sts. Peter and Paul Albanian Orthodox Church), Fr. Emmanuel Pratsinakis (ret., St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church), Fr. Mark Kozak (Holy Assumption Orthodox Church), Fr. Milorad Orlic (St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church), and Protodeacon Gregory Moser (St. Mark Orthodox Church. Present were Fr. Vincent Savarino (St. Archangel Michael Russian Orthodox Church)  and Protodeacon George Zlatkowski (St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral).

Serbian Patriarch received representative of the Academy of Sciences

Serbian Patriarch received representative of the Academy of Sciences
Serbian Patriarch received representative of the Academy of Sciences
Serbian Patriarch received representative of the Academy of Sciences
Serbian Patriarch received representative of the Academy of Sciences

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received academician Ljubomir Maksimovic, vice-president of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 27 March 2017.

Academician Ljubomir Maksimovic expressed gratitude to the Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the cordial reception during which they discussed on the last congress of byzantologists, the proceedings of which, a three-volume publication has been published. The Patriarch thanked academician Maksimovic for the visit, wishing him every blessing from the Lord and success in his future work.

Beginning of celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Monastery Krupa

Beginning of celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Monastery Krupa
Beginning of celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Monastery Krupa
Beginning of celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Monastery Krupa
Beginning of celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Monastery Krupa

Bishop Fotije: Orthodoxy has deep roots in Dalmatia

His Grace Bishop of Dalmatian Fotije celebrated on 26 March 2017 the Divine Liturgy at the monastery Krupa, whereby celebration of seven centuries of the existence of this shrine commenced. The joyful event was enhanced by cantors from the monastery Kovilj in Serbia. The Divine Liturgy was followed by a lecture delivered by Fr. Jerotej on Church music with a concert of spiritual music given by the Kovilj choir.